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Snowy Owls--Digiscoping

Posted Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 14:49 by lmans66
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I heard there were snowy owls spending the Winter in a wheat field about 70 miles from where I live so decided to take a look. I debated, scope or camera or both. Well, the first time I just took the camera and regretted not bringing the scope. There were five immature snowy owls lined up in a row like ducks..... but separated by a 100 meters or so.

Next day...yepper...you guessed it. I took my scope and did some digiscoping. This time around the owls were not in the spot they were...
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Digiscoping a Grebe

Posted Friday 11th November 2011 at 05:14 by lmans66
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Well today a goal was to digiscope a Western Grebe and to do so in the right sunlight...

I feel I was successful..see image...

One thing I learned was how to get a fairly clear shot of a Grebe. We all know that the angle of sunlight hitting upon the Grebe is important and especially so with this bird since it has that 'red eye''...I wanted that to show and show clear.

So the first thing I figured out was that the Grebe had to be swimming in one direction...okay,...
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Another Digiscoping Day in November

Posted Tuesday 8th November 2011 at 22:47 by lmans66
Another sunny day...can't help but go digiscoping.... In my part of the country I always label this as a nuclear dead zone in terms of birds and migration etc... A terrible part of Washington State. But I do have one small water area to take shots of...a local river that has long ago been diverted by the Corps of Engineers into a spillway. At least it is overgrown in and around so various species of waterfoul are present although not overly diverse...the usual herons, mallards, today was a hooded...
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Digiscoping on a Sunny Day

Posted Thursday 3rd November 2011 at 15:33 by lmans66
Well it is sunny in the Northwestern region of United States which at this time of the year doesn't happen much. So I took advantage of the sun and went out and digiscoped.

Rule number one...make sure you have a full battery. When I reached my destination, the battery light immediately went on but I managed to snap a 150 shots or so before running dry and not having a backup. So the rule is in there someplace to learn!

Kingfishers is what I was after...as I am constantly...
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Digiscoping under Cloudy Skies

Posted Monday 31st October 2011 at 03:22 by lmans66
I am back from the coast....cloudy days. But I want to try some digiscoping techniques.

First....I want to compare by SX20 Canon Super Zoom with my Swaro... easy since there are plenty of house sparrows in my yard.

Took shots using the Sx20 at full zoom which is 20 power I believe. Tooks shots with the Swaro at 20 power but with my Canon S90 on 3-4 optical zoom.

The results were easily for the spotting scope. One issue with the camera is that no matter...
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